Thanks to a grant from Bridgestone’s Classroom of the Quarter, a Central Middle School teacher is teaching about energy with thermal imaging technology.

The $500 grant is to assist exceptional teachers with resources to shape their classroom environment. The recipient is Jenny Mulkin, who teaches in the Project Lead the Way STEM program at the school.

“Kids have a hard time understanding energy, so we are going to buy some of those thermal cameras that go on iPads and iPhones so (students) can see the energy. It could help them understand energy more.”

“We always appreciate any time you can incorporate technology and the STEM field because that is one place that we are lacking,” said Jefferson Elementary instructional coach Laney Berry. “Especially for girls and minorities. This is a way she is impacting sixth graders and through the years, all the students that pass through Central (Middle School).”

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The money will be used to purchase two FLIR ONE cameras, which plug into the bottom of a tablet or smartphone. The cameras collect infrared light, measuring heat and generating footage based on the distribution of temperature. The grant will also be used to purchase a FLIR Moisture Meter Pen.  This determines if cool spots are the result of moisture, and measures moisture levels, enabling teaching about energy with visual data.

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